In the mid-70s, Bobby “Blue” Bland made a couple of blues-influenced R&B records. Dreamer, which was released in 1974, is a blues-R&B hybrid and one of the most soulful records to come out of the mid-70s. Here, Bobby obviously went through some troubles with the old lady (or ladies), as evidenced in almost every track.
Each song tells a story of how this woman ripped his heart out, and stomped on it several times before walking away with a smile. She’s like the Lorena Bobbitt of heartbreak! Songs like “Yolanda”, “Ain’t No Love In The Heart of The City” (Yes, this is the same song that Jay-Z sampled for the Blueprint), “I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)”, “When You Come To The End Of Your Road” and “I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry”, all showcase varying degrees of heartache and bitterness. Mostly bitterness.
At the end of the record there is a light at the end of this tunnel of despair. The final track, Who’s Foolin’ Who” has Bobby following her around the city, catching her in all sorts of lies – she’s with another man when she’s supposed to be home in bed, she’s at her new boyfriend’s place, when she’s supposed to be out with her momma. Finally Bobby gets his revenge:
Last Saturday evening, you stayed out all night long
You said you were with your best friend doing nothing wrong
I knew you were lying ‘cause any fool could see
You couldn’t have been with her when she spent the night with me..
Tell me who’s fooling who?
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